By Marie Puleo
The dual-branded Hilton hotel that will be part of the beachside development project known as the Pompano Beach Fishing Village had its groundbreaking ceremony last week.
The five-story hotel is being built on what is currently a city-owned parking lot, just west of the Pompano Beach Pier and south of the Pier Parking Garage. The developers behind the hotel are father-and-son team Aashish and Girish Patel of the Fort Myers-based Madhav Group.
The targeted opening date of the hotel is December 2020, according to Aashish Patel.
“We’re excited, and we’re extremely grateful for the opportunity, and to the Pompano Beach community,” said Patel.
One section of the L-shaped hotel building will be a Hilton Home2Suites, offering 90 rooms that have kitchenettes and work areas, and are well-suited for families on extended stays; the other section will be a Tru by Hilton, offering 60 smaller, streamlined rooms geared toward travelers with a “millennial mindset.” The Tru focus is on the large colorful lobby designed to be a social hub, with zones for eating, playing, working and lounging, and lots of charging stations for tech devices. Designated pet-friendly rooms will be offered by Home2Suites.
The large overhang of the hotel’s entrance will serve as a deck with a rectangular saline swimming pool, a hot tub and cabanas. The hotel will also have a rooftop deck with 360 degree views of the ocean, the pier, the Hillsboro Lighthouse and the Intracoastal Waterway. The over 11,000-square-foot rooftop deck, which will be open to the general public, will feature light fare and drinks, comfortable seating areas, glass balconies, and possibly fire pits.
The hotel will also have over 4,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space on the ground floor. It will be able to accommodate events, in particular weddings, of up to 200 people.
Patel said that while some developers want to just build and sell, “we build and we hold within our family, and we have a sense of pride of ownership in that.” Rather than being a cookie-cutter prototype design, the hotel will have a lot of “design personality,” and everything custom.
“We really wanted to do something that the City and the community could be proud of,” said Patel.
Patel has been coming to Pompano Beach since 1986, when he was six years old. That year, his father bought two vacant parcels, located south of Atlantic Boulevard on either side of Briny Avenue. About five years ago, Patel and his father had plans to develop a hotel on the property, but when the opportunity arose to build a hotel at the Pompano Beach Fishing Village site, they put their other project on hold.
“We saw how much money the City was investing in the Fishing Village development, and we saw that they built this fantastically beautiful new parking garage,” said Patel. “They were building a brand-new pier, and all these great restaurants were coming.”
Patel said having all the new amenities in the Fishing Village and within walking distance was a unique opportunity, and can be leveraged to help market their hotel.
The first component to be completed in the Fishing Village, which is being developed by Pompano Pier Associates, was the Pier Parking Garage in 2016, followed by the Pompano Beach House restaurant, which opened last year. Oceanic restaurant and Lucky Fish Beach Bar and Grill are slated to open later this year. The site will also include Alvin’s Island, BurgerFi, Kilwins, Cannoli Kitchen, an event space and other retail.
Patel said that when the Hilton hotel is completed, he plans to stay there for an indefinite period of time to be “hands on and make sure the level of service is second to none.”
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